Scott Walker Gives Donor's Kid an $81K Job

Brian Deschane gets job despite lack of college degree, experience

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2011 12:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Don’t you hate those overpaid public employees? Why, just look at Brian Deschane. He’s racked up two drunk driving convictions, has little experience, and no college degree, yet Scott Walker’s administration is paying him $81,500 a year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. How did he get the job? Well, it probably didn’t hurt that dad Jerry Deschane is a longtime lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders Association, and that the group’s PAC was one of Walker’s top five campaign donors—ringing up $121,652 in donations.

But the elder Deschane says he’s sure that’s not why his son was hired. “He got the position himself,” he says. OK, he admits, he may have mentioned Brian to Walker’s chief of staff a few times. “I put in good words for every one of my children in their jobs,” he says. To be fair, the younger Deschane must be a great worker; in two months on the job he’s already earned a promotion and a 26% raise. (In other job news, 10 things that are totally wrong with your resume.)

Scott Walker holds up a 'Wisconsin is open for business' bumper sticker as he speaks during a ceremonial bill signing outside his office at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 11, 2011.   (Getty Images)
In this Feb. 17, 2011, file photo Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks about the budget bill during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Friday, March 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the press outside his office at the state capital Building on February 24, 2011 in Madison, Wis.   (Getty Images)
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